Have you ever known someone that was incredibly lucky? Where it just seemed like they “made it” overnight? Or that everything just falls into place for them?
I’m here to tell you that you alone make your own luck. But you already knew that, right?
Still, to this day I hear people say things like “I just don’t get it, why are they so lucky?”.
Maybe there is such a thing as luck…
Maybe there are a few people that are “chosen” to have it easy.
Maybe some do get better breaks in life.
But let me tell you something… Hoping that you are “the chosen one”, or more accurately, relying on being “the chosen one” to make it, to be successful, to get lucky, etc. is one of the WORST business strategies I have ever heard. So, even if you believe in luck, you are still FAR better off making your own luck, and hey if some good fortune comes your way while you’re busting your butt, I say enjoy it!
Now for the rest of us who are normal, average or even unlucky, here’s my personal “formula” for finding opportunities and GETTING LUCKY.
Get your mind right. You need to sincerely believe that opportunities are everywhere and be open to them. Our brains are incredibly powerful and are equipped with nifty gadget called the Reticular Activating System, RAS for short, that’s designed to help find, point out, make visible to you, lead you in the right direction and basically point out and justify everything you think about. I’m not going to sit here and explain to you all the science and testing that backs this, so feel free to do your own research if you want, but just know this: what you focus on becomes your reality. It’s like when you’re thinking of buying a new car and all of a sudden you start noticing that new car everywhere. It’s not that they weren’t everywhere this whole time, it’s just that your brain was choosing to ignore them until it realized you wanted to see them, then it revealed what was always there to you.
So you need to stop thinking “oh im so unlucky, that guy gets all the breaks, she does it so easily, etc.” and start thinking “opportunities are everywhere” and before you know it, people will start complaining that YOU ARE ALWAYS SO LUCKY.
Understand that opportunities come and go at lighting speeds. I’m not sure where he got it from, but my dad always compared opportunities to open windows passing you by. Hey maybe that’s why the expressions says “window of opportunity”!? Anyways, without being able to use my hands to act this out, the easiest way I can describe it is like this…
Picture you are standing on the side of a road, and you plan to throw a ball into the open window of a car. Down the road to your left, a car approaches. As it gets closer, you spot the open window and get ready. But you realize that while it’s still on an angle, the window’s opening, even with it fully open, is quite small and your odds of getting it in are much lower, so you decide to wait. Now, there’s a moment when it’s directly in front of you where you can see the window square on providing you with the biggest possible opening to throw the ball in (best opportunity). But, for what ever reason, you hesitate. Just as fast as it came, the opportunity window continues down the road, as you see the angle get sharper closing up every chance of ever throwing that ball into the window. Now sure, you could try and throw it in from a sharp angle, and you might just get it, but that’s a SMALL percentage. Your best odds of success would have been to ACT when it was directly in front of you.
Opportunities are the same way. They often seem to come at lighting speeds, and you have one shot to jump on them, and then they are GONE. And if you weren’t prepared, you will have missed that opportunity forever. But here’s the worst part… At this point, once someone misses the opportunity, many people turn around and say “awe shucks I never get lucky” when in fact, the opportunity came, they just missed it. I mean, what if you bend over to tie your shoes for a split second and “took your eye off the goal”? You’d miss the opportunity completely.
And that takes us to Number 3.
Stay “on the ball”. In a previous post I warned about “resting on your laurels”, well, this is especially true of opportunities a.k.a. getting lucky. Business is the ULTIMATE sport, and if you aren’t paying attention, if you are staying focused and alert, it’s extremely easy to miss opportunities. When I was young and heavily involved in competitive Karate, my father would always remind me that while I was resting, my opponents were training. Well, the same theory applies in business. While you’re taking a break, living the good life and kicking back, someone else is busting their butt.
Always remember that opportunities are everywhere, you just need to know what you want, know what you’re after, and stay alert to everything that happens around you.
To your success,